Grand Slam of Darts: Phil Taylor given tough draw
Last Updated: 05/11/13 1:14pm
Phil Taylor handed a tough draw in the Grand Slam
Phil Taylor has been drawn alongside Kevin Painter, Paul Nicholson and Stuart Kellett for the Group Stage of the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts, which is live on Sky Sports.
Meanwhile, defending champion Raymond van Barneveld kicks off his title defence against Mervyn King, Tony O'Shea and Ricky Evans.
PDC world champion Taylor, a four-time Grand Slam of Darts winner, will head Group A for the 32-player event, which begins on Saturday in Wolverhampton, as he bids to follow up last weekend's Coral Masters triumph with another major title.
2010 Grand Slam of Darts champion Scott Waites, the reigning Lakeside Champion and number three seed, is drawn in Group H with World Grand Prix finalist Dave Chisnall, World Youth Champion Michael Smith and two-time Lakeside Champion Ted Hankey.
Number four seed Michael van Gerwen, the 2013 Premier League Darts champion, is drawn with Belgian ace Kim Huybrechts, Dean Winstanley and Dutch ace Vincent van der Voort in Group D.
European Champion Adrian Lewis, the number five seed, is paired with former Lakeside Champion Christian Kist, Belgium's Ronny Huybrechts and youngster Richie George - a Lakeside Championship semi-finalist in January - in Group C.
Number six seed Simon Whitlock, the 2012 European Champion, faces world number eight Wes Newton, former Lakeside Champion Mark Webster and PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour winner Ross Smith in Group G.
UK Open finalist Andy Hamilton, the number seven seed, tops Group F alongside 2012 UK Open champion Robert Thornton, former Grand Slam semi-finalist Mark Walsh and Wildcard Qualifier Justin Pipe.
Seven-time major champion James Wade, the 2010 Grand Slam of Darts runner-up and number eight seed, is joined in Group B by former Wolves Civic finalist Gary Anderson, Dutchman Wesley Harms and Wildcard Qualifier Peter Wright.
Watch the Grand Slam Darts live on Sky Sports 4HD from 1pm on Saturday
Phil Taylor (1)
James Wade (8)
Adrian Lewis (5)
Michael van Gerwen (4)
Vincent van der Voort
Raymond van Barneveld (2)
Andy Hamilton (7)
Simon Whitlock (6)
Scott Waites (3)